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My Next Husband Will Be Normal

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In My Next Husband Will Be Normal--A St. John Adventure, Lee and her husband ditch their sailboat and fly to the U.S.Virgin Islands with a down payment for a mom and pop business on St. John. The plan: when they aren't sewing canvas bags at their little shop, The Canvas Factory, they'll be beach potatoes. But there are risks to living in paradise one cannot anticipate. For ...more
Paperback, 1, 298 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Great Blue Graphics (first published January 24th 2012)
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C.J. Prince
Mar 10, 2012 C.J. Prince rated it it was amazing
Do you dream of escaping to a Caribbean paradise? Rae Ellen Lee and her husband Tom do just that, open their own shop and cope with paradise living: bugs, impossible roads, inadequate transportation, high rent and did I mention: bugs! Rivers of termites and endless cockroaches. I kept wondering when Rae Ellen would escape from paradise!

"My Next Husband Will Be Normal." Yes, my subtitle for this memoir would be "Escape from Paradise." And there are entirely too many bugs in it despite the descrip
Mary Perkins
Feb 25, 2012 Mary Perkins rated it it was amazing
I had to wait for my social security check so I could afford to download Rae Ellen Lee's latest...'My Next Husband Will Be Normal.' Among Rae Ellen fans this was a highly anticipated outing and I was not disappointed!

While masquerading as a typical memoir of a difficult time in Rae Ellen's life, this book actually a travelogue that works on three levels:

First is the surface level...a wonderful look at St. John, Virgin Islands. I felt I got a good view of life on St. John, the weather, the geogra
Bobbie C Thompson
Sep 30, 2012 Bobbie C Thompson rated it it was amazing
As we sometimes do, together my spouse and I read Rae Ellen Lee's book, "My Next Husband Will Be Normal." By reading it together, I mean I reads aloud as Alana sit quietly and listenws - I would occasionally snicker, grunt, or even laugh out loud.

We felt like we'd found Rae Ellen's Diary and could get caught any minute reading her `secrets.' The tropical island she describes sounds beautiful -- made me want to go there - until she describes some of the living conditions she and her husband encou
Alana Sholar
Jun 06, 2012 Alana Sholar rated it it was amazing
I think Rae Ellen Lee has my attention...As she tells her story I feel like I am watching a movie because I can see it all so clearly. The minor of details are described to the point I can see it and that's what makes a book a good read for me. If I am reading a title and I can form any pictures in my head then it hasn't gotten my full attention. This has as I said "GOT" my attention.
Sep 13, 2016 Jackie marked it as to-read
I look forward to reading this book as it has been 6 years since I have lived in St. John and will be nice to read and stir up some memories.
Amanda Chalifoux
Mar 23, 2012 Amanda Chalifoux rated it it was amazing
Sounds like a great book that won't be able to be put down til its done.

I love the picture on the cover too :)
Whistlers Mom
Sep 24, 2016 Whistlers Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paradise Lost.

Wouldn't every middle aged woman love to meet a tall, handsome, intelligent, eligible man? Wouldn't everyone love to quit the job and become self-employed? Wouldn't everyone love to go back to the island paradise of fond vacation memories and live there forever?

Reality bites. In the author's case, "self-employed" meant "husband-employed." It also meant long days bent over a sewing machine trying to create enough canvas bags to sell for enough income to keep the wolf from the door.
Jan 15, 2013 Wilhelmina rated it it was amazing
This book is the sequel to "I only cuss when I am Sailing".....and the story starts on the Island of St. John, and no, they did not sail there. That seems to have been another "failed" venture of Tom and Rae Ellen. Somehow they manage to buy a business on this little island, and spend their days churning out canvas products. The focus of the story is the gradual change in Tom, who decides that he is actually a woman, and the process of Rae Ellen's journey through this, her eventual divorce and r ...more
Pamela Beason
Feb 18, 2013 Pamela Beason rated it it was amazing
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This is a generous book. I say "generous" because the author gives us her honest views of her world on St. John. Her wonderful descriptions make it so easy to imagine meeting all the interesting locals and tourists, as well as experiencing the difficulties of getting around the island, dealing with the weather and occasional lack of water and electricity, finding a reasonable place to live, and making a living. Add the unusual development of living with a formerly manly spouse who is transformin ...more
Mary Lu
Feb 18, 2013 Mary Lu rated it it was amazing
If I never get to St. John's I won't have to feel bad, for I've visited there vicariously. The author introduced me to the locals, an intriguing lot of characters, sometimes goofy and offbeat,always interesting. The scenery is pretty amazing, too, providing a lovely change from the cold of the Great Lakes region. Then there's the personal challenge, a lesson in humility and how to meet adversity with humor, patience, and a willingness to accept life as it comes, make it work for you.

I'm glad I r
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Rae Ellen Lee grew up on a stump ranch in northern Idaho. She worked for the U.S. State Dept. in Washington, D.C., Switzerland, and (then) Yugoslavia before attending the Univ. of Idaho, where she earned a degree in Landscape Architecture. Employment with the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and Montana followed, until 1997, when she resigned and moved to a sailboat, The Shoe, with new husband, Tom. S ...more
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